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Learn about the benefits of train travel

Give your car a day off every now and then and give the train a chance. At the same time, you'll get more ‘me time’ and save not only time but also potentially travel expenses. In addition, the environment thanks you for your green choice.

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How you benefit from train travel

Compare the costs of a car and train and find the best ticket for you


A season ticket is the most affordable option for you

When you travel by train instead of by car, you save:

The cost of the train ticket was calculated on the basis of a 180-day season ticket. The cost of the train ticket was calculated on the basis of a 100-journey multi-ticket. The cost of the train ticket was calculated on the basis of the cheapest single ticket.

Car costs are based on a calculated estimate. The fuel consumption of the car was calculated on the basis of the average fuel price from the previous three months and the average consumption with a value of 5.8 l/100 km. Car maintenance costs include taxes, insurance and service costs. Source "Car Cost Index 2021" (LeasePlan Corporation N.V.). The costs do not include the purchase price, depreciation or parking costs of the car.

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How were the costs calculated?

The price of a single ticket in a multi-ticket of 100 journeys was used in the comparison. Fuel price and consumption data retrieved from the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom’s calculations (retrieved 11 November 2021.) The kilometres for the fuel calculation were retrieved from Google Maps between the departure and destination railway stations.

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Why should I choose train travel?

We know how much you may love your car. Yet we encourage you to try the train for everyday commute or holiday trips. Go ahead and surprise yourself!

Choose the train and save money

Train travel is often cheaper than driving a car.

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Faster by train

In addition to being able to relax on the train and focus on what you like to do, you can also save time by choosing the train!

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Have more time for yourself

Instead of having to drive, you can focus on what you really want to do.

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Green choice

Switch to all-electric, board a train! Taking the train is always a carbon neutral choice.

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Are you making your everyday commute by train?

Make your everyday commute more comfortable and choose the train. There's a wide range of ticket types to choose from and ancillary services to increase your comfort and make your trip even more enjoyable.

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Continue your trip with HSL

If your trip starts or ends in the HSL area, you can travel to or from the station easily with HSL. You can buy a single HSL ticket via the VR Matkalla app as a connection to your train ticket, which means that you have the entire transport network of HSL at your disposal.

The carbon footprint of your trips

The VR Matkalla app sums up your journeys and tells you how much greener your decision to travel by train has made your travels. See your summary in the app!

Smooth parking in capital region

Our park-and-ride service makes both commuting and weekend trips easier! Leave your car in the departure station’s park-and-ride area. When you have purchased a train ticket, you can park for free or very inexpensively at selected stations in the capital region for up to 48 hours.

From a green train to a green car

Train journeys and car rides can now be combined in a fully carbon-neutral way. As a train passenger, you can use an electric car at a discounted price in Helsinki. Drive according to your own plans and schedule. Your entire journey will be comfortable, flexible and fully carbon neutral.

Smoother travel with first and last mile connections

FLEXIBLY TO THE DESTINATION

Journeys with first and last-mile connections combine multiple modes of transport. For example, you can first travel by train and then continue your journey on a local bus, rented car, or taxi.

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Why choose the train?

Save money by traveling on the tracks

Taking the train is usually more affordable than private driving. Especially when using a multi-ticket, the cost of one journey is often less than the same route taken by car when using fuel prices as the comparison. Note that this doesn't even include all the other expenses of the car.

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The train is the faster choice

Examples of routes where the train is a much faster way to travel than a car:

  • Helsinki–Seinäjoki
  • Lappeenranta–Helsinki
  • Helsinki–Joensuu
  • Kuopio–Helsinki

You also save time by not having to hunt for a parking space at your destination!

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Have more time to yourself

Instead of having to drive, you can focus on what you really want to do. You can prepare for the new working day or go through the day's e-mails while sipping your coffee. On the other hand, you can also take a well-deserved break and watch an episode of your favourite series, knit a sock or take a nap.

When you travel by train, coffee breaks do not require a separate stop at a gas station. Take your time enjoying the services of the restaurant car as you approach your destination.

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Choose the train and protect the environment

Switch to fully electric power! 95% of our trains run on renewable, hydropowered electricity, and we compensate for the remaining 5% by investing in projects that reduce emissions and increase carbon sinks. When you choose the train, you make a green choice that protects the environment.

Find out more about the importance of train travel in combating climate change on our environmental responsibility page.

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